President Obama speaks at Pathways in Technology Early College High School
SUNY’s Smart Scholar Early College High School program, in partnership with EDWorks, delivers early college technical assistance to 23 state-wide schools. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a part of the Smart Scholars initiative.
President Barack Obama visited P-TECH on October 25 to spotlight the innovative school structure and discuss education reform. The Brooklyn public school was a feature of his 2013 State of the Union address and the cutting-edge model is now being replicated nationwide, including 16 New York partnerships launching in 2014. The six-year program graduates students with a high-school degree, an associate’s degree and partners them with a mentor at I.B.M to help them attain a job in the technology industry.
Caryl M. Stern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1978. She went on to receive her master’s degree at Western Illinois University and doctorate in education at Loyola University Chicago.
She joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2006 as COO and assumed her current position as President and CEO in 2007. Before this, she served as the COO and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Dean of Students at Polytechnic University in New York.
She is the author of I Believe in Zero: Learning From The World’s Children (to be released in Fall 2013), and co-author of Hate-Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (2000) and Future Perfect: A model for Professional Development (1987).
She is the recipient of many awards, including most recently the 2012 Leading Lights Award from the National Multicultural Institute and FutureWork Institute. In 2009, Stern was named “Outstanding Alumna” by her alma-mater and received the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Alumna Award.
Stern is a prime example of the strength of the vibrant community within the Power of SUNY.
Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School in Ballston Spa graduating class
The Office of Early College Initiatives is proud to report that 98% of our Smart Scholars students are on track to graduate from high school this year. A staple function of the Smart Scholars program is that hard-working students can earn up to 60 transferrable college credits before they graduate high school.
To celebrate our graduating Smart Scholars, we highlight an inaugural graduation class, a Gates Millennium Scholar and an ECHS program that reports a graduation rate about one-third higher than the district’s rate.
The Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) Program brings together a powerful public/private partnership between SUNY, EDWorks, and the New York Department of Education. As Early College High School Week concludes, we wanted to recognize schools that integrate students in a college environment to model successful behavior and high expectations while maintaining a supportive and nurturing environment.
“Thank you to all of the Smart Scholars programs for participating in another successful Early College High School Week and to those who celebrate all year long by continuing to provide a quality and rigorous education to traditionally underrepresented students. To the school districts, for making early college a priority in your communities; to the teachers and faculty, for putting your students on the fast track to success through college and career readiness; and to the students, for working hard to ensure a brighter future for you and your families.”
-Andrea Mulkey, Director of Early College, SUNY/EDWorks
The Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) Program brings together a powerful public/private partnership between SUNY, EDWorks, and the New York Department of Education. As we near the conclusion of Early College High School Week, we offer some insight into the history of the SUNY Smart Scholars – Early College High School partnership.
Preparing students for college-readiness and a career in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) is not only a priority in the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget but also a program focus in 11 of New York’s Smart Scholars Early College High Schools. Since the program’s inception in Fall 2010, over 3,000 STEM-focused credits have been earned by over 1,000 students state-wide. We are pleased to introduce you to some of the Smart Scholars graduating from STEM-focused ECHSs.